Gilgamis Destani: The Epic of Gilgamesh in Turkish

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Author: Danny P. Jackson   Introduction: Robert D. Biggs   Appreciation: James G. Keenan
Product Code: 4407
ISBN: 978-975-509-440-3
Pages: 166
Availability: In stock.
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The Turkish edition of the Gilgamesh, Gilgamis Desani, is a faithful translation of Jackson's rendition. This first translation in Turkish contains the entire content of the Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers edition: Introduction by Robert D. Biggs; Appreciation by James G. Keenan; eighteen photographs of artifacts, captioned by Robert D. Biggs; 'My Poetic Intention' by Danny P. Jackson; all twelve tablets of the Gilgamesh text; glossary of proper names; and fifteen original woodcuts by Thom Kapheim.


Though The Epic of Gilgamesh exists in several editions, Bolchazy-Carducci's version was undertaken with a very specific intent—to remain faithful to the source material while attempting to convey the poetic scope of a work that is both lusty and tender and one that retains the ability to arouse compassion and empathy in all who follow Gilgamesh on his journey. This edition reanimates the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers through indelible poetic images.


Now available in Turkish, the intent of Jackson's rendition has been validated with recognition throughout the publishing world including:

  • Prentice Hall for their anthology, Literature of the Ancient World, vol. 1 (New York, 2000)
  • D.G. GraubArt Publishers for their English-Hebrew edition, The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Myth Revisited (Jerusalem, 2001)
  • Great Books Foundation for their adult discussion series, Great Conversations 1 (Chicago, 2004)


The themes of Gilgamesh echo in other literature throughout the ancient and modern world. The longing stretch toward the infinite . . . the reluctant embrace of the temporal. This is the eternal lot of mankind. This is the Epic of Gilgamesh.

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